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Dr Jana Uher

Senior Research Fellow, Marie Curie Fellow

Over the last decade, I have been developing a line of transdisciplinary research that cuts across several fields of psychology, biology, social sciences and philosophy of science. My empirical studies involve humans of different ages and sociocultural backgrounds as well as primates.  

A central concern of my research is to critically analyse, improve and redevelop metatheories, methodologies and research tools for better understanding and help finding solutions for real-world problems.

My research has been awarded several prizes and research grants for its originality, for addressing fundamental research problems and for promoting and enabling interdisciplinary collaborative research.

For more information see my Personal Website.

I am a Senior Research Fellow funded by the Marie Curie Fellowship programme of the European Commission. During my education at Humboldt-University Berlin, I specialised in Social and Personality Psychology, Personnel and Management Development, Organisational Psychology and Engineering Psychology, and I also studied Economics and Economic Law. I have been working in management development in the U.K. headquarters of an international steel-working company and studied human-computer interaction in a project conducted in collaboration with Daimler Chrysler Services, Germany.

My research career began at the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Psychology (MPI), Department of Comparative and Developmental Psychology. I hold a PhD in Psychology (with distinction) from Free University Berlin, where I headed the research group Comparative Differential and Personality Psychology, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). I have been a lecturer at Humboldt-University and Free University Berlin, and a visiting scholar at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council of Italy (ISTC-CNR) in Rome.

Research

My line of research is transdisciplinary and focuses on the philosophical, metatheoretical and methodological foundations of research on individuals, their personality, behaviour and social relationships (Uher, 2013, 2015a,b,c,d, 2016a,b). I employ a broad portfolio of methods, including behavioural tests and observations (e.g., Uher, 2015e; Uher, Asendorpf & Call, 2008), audio-visual and computerised methods for the detailed analysis of individual behaviours (e.g., Uher, Addessi & Visalberghi, 2013), standardised and open-ended surveys (e.g., Uher & Asendorpf, 2008; Uher & Visalberghi, 2016; Uher, Werner & Gosselt, 2013) and in-depth interviews using first-person videos.

My current Marie Curie project aims to explore the mental processes by which people judge others’ personality and generate assessments on questionnaires. A central concern is to investigate implicit biases derived from stereotypical beliefs about gender and ethnicity, and the role that standardised survey tools may play in their manifestation in enquiries. Therefore, I apply the Transdisciplinary Philosophy-of-Science Paradigm for Research on Individuals - TPS-Paradigm - and cutting-edge interview methodologies using first-person videos (Subjective Evidence-Based Ethnography, Lahlou, 2011).

 

Teaching

At LSE, I contribute to the core course "Psychology of Economic Life" for the MSc programme Psychology of Economic Life and the course "Consumer Psychology" for MSc in Social and Public Communication, MSc in Social and Cultural Psychology, MSc in Psychology of Economic Life and MSc in Organisational and Social Psychology.

Between 2006 and 2013, I have been teaching and examining students of psychology in seminars and lectures at Humboldt-University and Free University Berlin. In 2012, I was nominated for the Prize for Excellent Teaching. I have supervised and examined Bachelor, Master, Diploma and PhD theses of students from various European universities, and have given more than 20 guest lectures for Master and PhD students of research institutions in various countries.

 

Publications

Google scholar profile 

Research papers on the Transdisciplinary Philosophy-of-Science Paradigm for Research on Individuals (TPS-Paradigm)

Uher, J. (2016b). What is behaviour? And (when) is language behaviour? Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 46, 475-501.[pdf]  DOI: 10.1111/jtsb.12104

Uher, J. (2016a). Exploring the workings of the psyche: Metatheoretical and methodological foundations. Annals of Theoretical Psychology, 13, 299-324. [pdf]  DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-21094-0_18

Uher, J. (2015a). Conceiving "personality": Psychologists’ challenges and basic fundamentals of the Transdisciplinary Philosophy-of-Science Paradigm for Research on Individuals. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 49, 398-458. [pdf]  DOI:10.1007/s12124-014-9283-1 [IF 1.11] 

Uher, J. (2015b). Developing "personality" taxonomies: Metatheoretical and methodological rationales underlying selection approaches, methods of data generation and reduction principles. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 49. [pdf] DOI:10.1007/s12124-014-9280-4 [IF 1.11] 

Uher, J. (2015c). Interpreting "personality" taxonomies: Why previous models cannot capture individual-specific experiencing, behaviour, functioning and development. Major taxonomic tasks still lay ahead. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 49. [pdf]  DOI:10.1007/s12124-014-9281-3 [IF 1.11] 

Uher, J. (2015d). Agency enabled by the Psyche: Explorations using the Transdisciplinary Philosophy-of-Science Paradigm for Research on Individuals. Annals of Theoretical Psychology, 12, 177-228. [pdf]  DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-10130-9_13

Uher, J. (2015e). Comparing individuals within and across situations, groups and species: Metatheoretical and methodological foundations demonstrated in primate behaviour. In D. Emmans & A. Laihinen (Eds.). Comparative Neuropsychology and Brain Imaging (Vol. 2), Series Neuropsychology: An Interdisciplinary Approach. (chapter 14, pp. 223-284). Berlin: Lit Verlag. [pdf]  ISBN 978-3-643-90653-3  DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3848.8169

Uher, J. (2014). Fundamental challenges of contemporary "personality" research. Physics of Life Reviews, 11, 695-696. [pdf]  DOI:10.1016/j.plrev.2014.10.005 [IF 9.48] 

Uher, J. (2013). Personality psychology: Lexical approaches, assessment methods, and trait concepts reveal only half of the story. Why it is time for a paradigm shift. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 47, 1-55. [pdf]  DOI:10.1007/s12124-013-9230-6 [IF 1.11] 

Uher, J. (2011a). Individual behavioral phenotypes: An integrative meta-theoretical framework. Why 'behavioral syndromes' are not analogues of 'personality'. Developmental Psychobiology, 53, 521–548. [pdf]  DOI:10.1002/dev.20544 [IF 3.16] 

Uher, J. (2008a). Comparative personality research: Methodological approaches (Target article). European Journal of Personality, 22, 427-455. [pdf]  DOI:10.1002/per.680 [IF 3.35] 

Uher, J. (2008b). Three methodological core issues of comparative personality research. European Journal of Personality, 22, 475-496. [pdf]  DOI:10.1002/per.688 [IF 3.35] 

Empirical applications of the Transdisciplinary Philosophy-of-Science Paradigm for Research on Individuals (TPS-Paradigm)

Uher, J., & Visalberghi, E. (2016).Observations versus assessments of personality: A five-method multi-species study reveals numerous biases in ratings and methodological limitations of standardised assessments. Journal of Research in Personality, 61, 61-79.  [pdf]   [Supplemental Material]  DOI: 10.1016/j.jrp.2016.02.003

Uher, J. (2015e). Comparing individuals within and across situations, groups and species: Metatheoretical and methodological foundations demonstrated in primate behaviour. In D. Emmans & A. Laihinen (Eds.). Comparative Neuropsychology and Brain Imaging (Vol. 2), Series Neuropsychology: An Interdisciplinary Approach. (chapter 14, pp. 223-284). Berlin: Lit Verlag. [pdf]  ISBN 978-3-643-90653-3  DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3848.8169

Uher, J., Werner, C. S., & Gosselt, K. (2013). From observations of individual behaviour to social representations of personality: Developmental pathways, attribution biases, and limitations of questionnaire methods. Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 647–667. [pdf]  DOI:10.1016/j.jrp.2013.03.006 [IF 2.72] 

Uher, J., Addessi, E., & Visalberghi, E. (2013). Contextualised behavioural measurements of personality differences obtained in behavioural tests and social observations in adult capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella). Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 427-444. [pdf]; pdf supplemental material] DOI:10.1016/j.jrp.2013.01.013 [IF 2.72] 

Uher, J. (2011b). Personality in nonhuman primates: What can we learn from human personality psychology? In A. Weiss, J. King, & L. Murray (Eds.). Personality and Temperament in Nonhuman Primates (pp. 41-76). New York, NY: Springer. [pdf]  DOI:10.1007/978-1-4614-0176-6_3 

Uher, J. & Asendorpf, J.B. (2008). Personality assessment in the Great Apes: Comparing ecologically valid behavior measures, behavior ratings, and adjective ratings. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 821-838. [pdf]  DOI:10.1016/j.jrp.2007.10.004 [IF 2.72] 

Uher, J., Asendorpf, J.B., & Call, J. (2008). Personality in the behaviour of great apes: Temporal stability, cross-situational consistency and coherence in response. Animal Behaviour, 75, 99-112. [pdf]  DOI:10.1016/j.anbehav.2007.04.018 [IF 3.16] 

Research papers on behavioural inhibition

Uher, J. & Call, J. (2008). How the Great Apes (Pan troglodytes, Pongo pygmaeus, Pan paniscus, and Gorilla gorilla) perform on the reversed reward contingency task II: Transfer to new quantities, long-term retention, and the impact of quantity ratios. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 122, 204-212. [pdf]  DOI:10.1037/0735-7036.122.2.204 [IF 2.31]

Vlamings, P.H.J.M., Uher, J., & Call, J. (2006). How the Great Apes (Pan troglodytes, Pongo pygmaeus, Pan paniscus, and Gorilla gorilla) perform on the reversed contingency task: The effects of food quantity and food visibility. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 32, 60-70. [pdf]  DOI:10.1037/0097-7403.32.1.60 [IF 1.76]

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Dr Jana Uher
Senior Research Fellow

“Alongside a focus on behavioural studies in real-life settings, my line of research is centrally concerned with restoring the match between psychical phenomena and the methods used for their investigation as this match was lost in the last half-century in which assessments and questionnaire tools became established as standard methods in many areas of psychology, the social sciences and applied contexts."


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